Texas Holdem Poker
Texas Holdem poker is one of the fastest growing poker games in real casinos, online casinos and in poker parlors around the country. With the introduction of million dollar pots and poker games broadcast on various cable channels, millions of people are now playing the game. Whether it is for fun or for serious money, players from all over the world are playing for the fun and enjoyment of winning. Most players will never play for more than a few dollars with their buddies.
There are serious players however, who are willing to put up thousands of dollars to get into one of the larger Texas Holdem games. These games are often run by some of the large casinos in various cities across the country. Players may have to provide $10,000 to $25,000 to get into the game. With as many as 150 players to 200 players playing the amount of money to be won is very large.
Every Texas Holdem game is different in terms of payouts. Some games will pay the top 20 or 30 players in progressive amounts while others will reserve the entire pot for the sole winner who is left in the game. While all of these poker games are exciting, you have to be pretty cool to be able to bluff you opponent with a rotten hand. At the same time you do not want to give away the fact that you hold a good hand either, since some players will drop out of the game if thy feel they do not have a chance to win.
It was once said by one of the most successful players in Texas Holdem that the cards are 30% of the game and strategy / psychology made up the rest of the game. Even with a bad hand a good player can make his opponents believe through the betting and body language that they have a much better hand and win the pot. Many times a player with the winning hand will drop out of the game, believing that his or her hand cannot beat the hand of their opponent.
Many players will learn the basics with their friends during an evening playing cards or play online poker and think they have the game mastered. Once they begin to play with the professionals, it is a much different game, were the cards don’t count for much and the bluff counts for everything.